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Re: FW: problems with new installation, followon to my questions of Sept 14, 20:22
- From: Larry Hall <lh-no-personal-replies-please at cygwin dot com>
- To: "Koskie, Sarah" <skoskie at iupui dot edu>, <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 19:28:31 -0400
- Subject: Re: FW: problems with new installation, followon to my questions of Sept 14, 20:22
- References: <B9721831E371CD4F84C4F5E87476D356C8A4CE@iu-mssg-mbx04.exchange.iu.edu>
- Reply-to: Cygwin List <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
At 02:59 PM 9/18/2004, you wrote:
>Gosh this is irritating. I did not intentionally send 'mime type
>"text/html"'. Ok, fixed that annoying Outlook default "feature". Do
>you recommend Mozilla Thuderbird?
<sic>. Sure do! :-)
>From: Koskie, Sarah
>Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 1:10 PM
>Subject: FW: problems with new installation, followon to my questions of
>Sept 14, 20:22
>Ok, I tried to send the output of cygcheck as an attachment, but your
>mailer refused it. I have included it at the end of the message.
Please don't do that. If you attach a file with the simple text output
of 'cygcheck -srv', the list's mailer will pass it through just fine.
>In /etc/passwd, there are the following "users": SYSTEM,
>Administrators, HelpAssistant, ntguest, SUPPORT_388945a0, testman in
>addition to me. Since no one but me is supposed to be using cygwin, and
>our computer services people certainly aren't going to help support it,
>should I delete some of these users, and if so, what is the appropriate
Leave this stuff as is. If you feel you must make a change here, SYSTEM and
Administrators are required users for Windows, so I don't recommend deleting
them. The rest are peculiar to your environment. But *all* of these users
are Windows users. If you don't want any or all to show up under Cygwin,
your best bet is to remove them via Windows and regenerate your '/etc/passwd'
(mkpasswd -l >/etc/passwd) and '/etc/group' (mkgroup -l >/etc/group).
>Are there any other security related issues I should know about? I have
>to assume that cygwin as installed is safe until I have time to look
>into it, so I am hoping that my faith is not misplaced.
Strange that you should ask this question now, since you admit to using
Cygwin prior to all this and apparently this wasn't a concern then. No
matter. See the FAQ entry:
How secure is Cygwin in a multi-user environment?
Larry Hall http://www.rfk.com
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